Breaking away from the corporate cup to embrace expressive espressos
For many people, coffee is a fundamental part of the day. Whether it is the morning cup that gets us up and going, or the mid-day coffee break to help us relax, there is just something about a great cup of coffee that cannot be compensated by any other drink. In the UK there are many independent shops that go above and beyond the common coffee cup. Breaking away from the corporate trends, these independent coffee shops offer an elegance and uniqueness worth recognition. It is not that a corporate coffee shop does not offer a good product, but there is something lacking in the experience. Independent Coffee Shops offer a level of personality and dedication that merges a craft into an artistry. Here are five such shops.
Workshop Coffee Company – 75 Wigmore Street, W1U
Workshop coffee company stands as a unique and independent coffee shop worth recognition because their coffees are non-traditional. Each of their main selections has a fruit element added to give the cup a unique flavour. For example: their cult of Done Espresso has a marmalade and plum flavour, the Los Altares has a sweetness of fig, and the Nano Challa has the sweetness of white grape.
Founded in 2011, the company takes yearly trips to Africa where there coffee is primarily harvested. Workshop Coffee Company is located in Marylebone, Holborn, and Clerkenwell.
Notes Music Coffee – 31 St. Martins Lane & 36 Wellington Street
Notes coffee is an all-day coffee shop that goes beyond what a typical shop entails. Opening at 7am, the coffee shop offers the Early Brid coffee selections. Later in the evening, Notes Music Coffee transforms into a coffee shop and wine tasting facility. Each location also has an onsite chef to present dishes that accent the coffee experience.
Adding to the unique versatility of the company, Notes Music Coffee offers live jazz sessions. Notes Music coffee plans to open 3 new stores this year and 5 next year.
Monmouth – 27 Monmouth Street, WC2
Monmouth coffee was established in 1978 and has been serving coffee ever since. One of the key factors which make this coffee shop so great is that their coffee is delivered daily from their roasting site in Bermondsey. Milk is delivered from Jeff Bowles in Somerset. Customers of Monmouth do not get coffee from shelved products but from a local roasting site. Everything offered in the shop is fresh.
Coffee from Monmouth covers beans from Africa, Central America, South America, Asia, and the Pacific. The beans are roasted daily on the premises and customers are encouraged to try a sample of the coffee before buying a cup.
Doppio coffee – 177 Kentish Town Rd. London NW1 8PD
Coffee wholesale Doppio coffee warehouse merges the coffee shop with a coffee supply store. This is extremely beneficial for those who want to have their own expresso machines, and high quality equipment, but at the same time need training in the use of such equipment. Where a supply store would offer the product and a coffee shop would offer the results from the product (for example an expresso can be purchased at a coffee shop, but rarely can you say “that made a good cup of expression, I will take the machine”), Doppio offer both training and tasting within the same facility.
Should you have an independent coffee shop and want to invest in the top of the line equipment, Doppio offers sales, rentals, services, maintenance, coffee barista training, and guidance on all the equipment they sell.
Doppio offers six main categories of coffee in a variety of sizes. You can also taste these coffees at the Doppio Coffee Warehouse location.
Nude Espresso – 26 Hanbury Street London E1 6QR
Nude espresso is an independent coffee company that is focused on the artistry of the coffee experience. From the wholesale to the tasting floor, all tasks are done by hand. This includes the bagging of the coffee and the roasting of the coffee. Their goal is to keep the best quality by ensuring that everything is done above standard.
Nude espresso offers wholesale beans and training. Their coffee is roasted and delivered on a weekly basis. Training is conducted at the Roastery by Hugo Macdonald. The company believes that all coffee vendors should be well established in understanding quality, freshness, and about the products they serve.
Whether you are in the upper or lower part of the UK, you can find an independent coffee shop. Going outside of the corporately owned mass marketed coffee is sure to give you a unique experience and perhaps establish a new more personal coffee drinking routine. The independent coffee shops throughout the UK have a common factor of quality, freshness, and a personal touch. Find a shop near you. I am sure that your taste buds will thank you.